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And £45,000 was spent on EU-branded flags, sashes, USB memory sticks and packaging as part of an “outreach” programme by the Committee of the Regions. British taxpayers coughed up £52,000 for the EU’s spending spree because of the Government’s commitment to continue funding the bloc until the end of the year. German MEP Joachim Kuhs fumed: “The Committee of the Regions is nothing more than a glorified talking shop, so to see them spend money in this way is a slap in the face for taxpayers.